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Clockwise from top left: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Chalrlie Day, Laverne Cox, Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Bloomberg.
Robert Norwood April 12, 2014 at 08:14 am
You can bet Ayaan Hirsi Ali won't be speaking at any of these higher institutions of liberal leftRead More hypocrisy. Too bad Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez aren't available.
Bob April 12, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Robert - amazing isn't it? She is speaking out against women being mutilated and for getting themRead More educated and the left hates her! Flipping up side down country we now live in! PC gone haywire. Let's not offend the practitioners of the cult that kills thousands of their own people over religion and shoot a little girl in the face because she wants an education!
malcolm nichols April 14, 2014 at 07:49 am
Amherst College?
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Michael Russo March 28, 2014 at 09:48 am
I'd be interested to hear what the criteria were that led the board to this decision. How did Mr.Read More Welsch differentiate himself from the other candidates? Also, was the state and national standing of the Framingham school system taken into consideration along side that of the Hopkinton and North Attleboro systems?
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susan March 27, 2014 at 09:28 am
I think all interested parents should look at this federal lawsuit that is pending against ourRead More candidate for superintendent, Michael Welch.. It is filed against him for Title IX violations related to 2 sexual assaults in his school and a retaliation charge for trying to stop an employee from doing his due diligince in protecting the injured partieshttp://www.metrowestdailynews.com/assets/pdf/WL22570224.PDF
susan March 27, 2014 at 10:04 am
To Matt Perkins.. I wish to speak to you prior to the meeting tonight...do you have a email address?
Matt Perkins (Editor) March 27, 2014 at 10:08 am
Hi Susan -- absolutely, you can reach me at mattp@patch.com. Thanks!
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
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susan March 18, 2014 at 11:30 am
I am a concerned citizen who has a child in the Dedham school system. Michael Welch of Framingham isRead More one of the finalists who was at Framingham High School when 2 sexual assaults of minors by a football player took place. No action was taken until 5 days before the school year ended against the football player as to wait for the foot ball season to end. I recommend all to read the attached article and show your concern at the meet and greet at Avery on 3/19. Is this the type of leadership we want in Dedham? Please see the 2 links below as I believe we should all take a closer look at the candidate for superintendent.
susan March 18, 2014 at 11:31 am
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Framingham-Whistleblower/371687772927536Read More https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2014/02/23/former-framingham-high-social-worker-suing-school-system/ZWz3YeJNtBuh4dH6yUc0tN/story.html
julie perillo March 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm
Thank you for sharing this information!
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Rob Allen March 14, 2014 at 01:03 pm
What are his qualifications and how are the Framingham school system rated against Dedhams?
Scott Thomson March 14, 2014 at 04:12 pm
I was wondering the same thing Rob. According to Boston Magazine's ranking Hopkington is #28 in theRead More state, Dedham is #72 and Framingham is #109. North Attleboro isn't listed? Framingham is much bigger than Dedham, with 8k students, Hopkington slightly larger than Dedham with under 3.5K students. However, neither of the candidates are currently Superintendents of the district (DeMilo is assistant super, and was interim super in 2012). So while interesting this info isn't a great indicator of how they'll actually do once hired.
susan March 19, 2014 at 03:33 pm
I am a concerned citizen who has a child in the Dedham school system. Michael Welch of Framingham isRead More one of the finalists who was at Framingham High School when an alleged sexual assault of 2 minors by a football player took place in 2012. No action was taken by the principal, Michael Welch, until 5 days before the school year ended against the football player as to wait for the football season to end. A civil lawsuit has been file in the US District court in Boston On Feb. 14 of this year . The claim is that the administrators at Framingham High, including Michael Welch mishandled sexual assualt complaints against a male student and that a former employee who brought it to Mr. Welch's attention was harassed at work to the point where he resigned. The Framingham police and Middlesex district attorney's office investigated the claims and no charges were brought against the male student. I find it disturbing that a finalist for the superintendent position would be a person at the center of this horrific claim. I was able to find this information when I searched on the internet. I have to believe that the screening committee either did not have this information at the time of the initial interviews or they did, and felt it was not looked at more seriously. I would expect that our superintendent would be above reproach and would have our children's emotional and social concerns at the forefront. Having done my research, I have my doubts. I understand everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but I do not want to see this candidate as our next superintendent with this hanging out there. If he is hired, will he be able to give 100% to our schools and children or will his attention be divided with defending his name. And what happens if he is found guilty? Is this the type of superintendent we want leading or school system? All I ask, is that all of you look into this carefully as I have attached the following links for your review. I hope you all take this seriously as I do. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2014/02/23/former-framingham-high-social-worker-suing-school-system/ZWz3YeJNtBuh4dH6yUc0tN/story.html http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140228098/11514/NEWS http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/assets/pdf/WL22570224.PDF
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Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 09:47 am
Joe: Actually, you are sort of correct. Public Education was founded by English settlers and itRead More did mostly focus on the Bible. So far so good. BUT, there were two schools of thought (pardon the pun) on public education: the English view that education had a responsibility to conform the individual to the collective (as you described) and the Dutch version which educated based upon individual needs. To this day, the Dutch have a workable and very successful voucher system where parents choose where to send their kids and competition creates efficiency and excellence. I believe they are #1 in the world? Outside of New York, the Dutch had very little influence in the New World and so we got stuck with the English view on public education which is that the individual must conform to the ideals of the collective. In the old days that was religion, but now, that is the state. I completely agree with your criticisms of NCLB. I don't know, maybe you're so indoctrinated in the two party system that any criticism of Obama automatically means the other person must be a republican, so whip out the Bush card? It would be nice to have a discussion that did not involve the same old tired finger pointing based upon political parties and just solve the problem, which is that testing as a means of determining quality of schools would not need to exist if school choice and competition allowed parents to support whichever school they felt gave their child the best educational outcomes. In lieu of such choices, we are stuck with these idiotic barometers that teachers hate and parents loathe.
Joe Beckmann April 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
While it's refreshing that you know about the colonial foundation, and your observations about theRead More Dutch system are interesting (actually it's the Finnish system with the highest scores, until, at least, the Chinese really get into it). But my view of public education is Horace Mann's (neither British nor Dutch, nor colonial). The justification for public funds for education is to create a public - a community with some common skills (largely interpersonal and career, less academic and data driven). That means that public schools are a public investment to assure all generations that the youngest can join a culture of success. This "magic" of school choice merely re-frames the segregation of pre-civil rights with a penumbra of "individual rights," a false kind of consumerism. In fact, there has always been "school choice," and private and parochial schools have always offered an option to those who either paid or took vows. For that matter, I personally think Secretary Duncan is one of the worst possible representatives of "educational change," and that testing, while a worthwhile means of documenting curricular impact, is an abysmal means to "evaluate students." Any 7 year old now knows that any standardized question is online via google, and dismisses the utility of putting such junk in their head. They're not all right, but...they're not all wrong either.
Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 04:01 pm
Joe: It is a half truth that educational choice exists in this country. Property taxes are taken,Read More whether you send your kids to private school, or homeschool. You have zero choice to pay property taxes. If you don't, your home goes to land court and you lose your home. It is coercion. A regular family is stuck sending their kids to the town's public school because they can't afford to eat the taxes AND pay tuition. Instead, only the top earners can afford to pay the town "vig." and send their kids to a private school on top of that. The private schools then have to charge a higher tuition since they have to make budget through higher prices as opposed to higher numbers/volume. This in turn creates a viscous cycle of only the rich being able to attend private schools and further cements a caste system of elitism based on income. Furthermore, where one lives can determine where one ends up in life. A student, for example, on the Lawrence/Andover line could have an entirely different existence depending upon their zip code. I am luck we live in Westford, but I could have easily lived in Chelmsford. Same area, different schools. There should be a voucher system so that parents could send their kids wherever best fit their needs. I think your way f public education creates segregation, not the other way around, because the rich tony towns have their great schools and the poor towns are stuck, unless they can have a Charter school, but those are sometimes given by lottery. I agree that testing is not a good metric for evaluating students en masse. In the classroom to insure you know the material, yes, but as a blanket test to determine compliance or aptitude, no.
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commonsense March 16, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Fred, Do you think the changes will make it less biased? If not, what do you recommend as anRead More alternative?
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 pm
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. NoRead More mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
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John Teets April 22, 2014 at 01:14 pm
DynoMutt said - "By the way Mr. Hunt, MLK Jr. espoused hard work andRead More responsibility/accountability and stable families for blacks in the US." Unfortunately, Mr. King (he plagiarized his doctoral thesis) was a serial adulterer just like many young men now - so stable families? Hardly. I agree he said some good things, but a man is better evaluated based upon what he DOES, not based upon what he SAYS. His life spoke so loudly it reallt is hard to take anything he said as authentic. I mean, he even stole the "Dream" speech.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Janine, My cable show is out of Beverly, MA. It is called "What's Happening". We are notRead More yet on Youtube, but coming soon.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:17 pm
We are going to be doing more shows on Common Core soon. For information on CC, look on the PioneerRead More Institute website. It is very informative and will give you reasons to fight against CC and PARCC testing.
Tina Mqs February 27, 2014 at 02:11 pm
now *THATS* what we need to see here! thanks!
Brenda February 27, 2014 at 04:42 pm
Natick parents cared about the 2 school meetings this week, which Patch ignored and did not cover.Read More We do NOT care that Wilmington is getting a new high school! How about some school news that is actually happening in Natick?
Heizenburg February 27, 2014 at 05:54 pm
What's in Nebraska? You are!✈️
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Linda Kollett February 27, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why did you use BC when Williams is number 1 and of course in Massachusetts?
Laura February 27, 2014 at 09:41 am
Maura, you're right - it is now a picture of Gasson Hall. But the picture that was originally postedRead More with the article was St Ignatius Church. The editor, Liz Taurazi, changed it to an on-campus picture in response to my post. And Linda, I'm a big fan of BC (my husband worked there for many years and my son graduated from there), I'm also confused why they didn't choose a picture of Williams or one of the other top-four schools.....??
Maura Kenney February 27, 2014 at 09:46 am
Laura, good point!
Sunny February 26, 2014 at 05:43 pm
I don't want anymore 40B housing in Chelmsford on Littleton Rd. There are too apartment dwellingsRead More (one burnt down to ground even though the fire station was less than a mile away), condos, and trailer park (sorry that taxes as permanent housing). Now, Chelmsford Crossing (40B) is in the future. Who's going to live there? Not Chelmsford senior citizens on the waiting list or layoff Chelmsford citizens but outsiders? Problem families with troubled kids. Chelmsford should get assigned social worker. Note: Westford / Chelmsford town line is another 40B, Princeton Apartments.
Steven Sadowski February 27, 2014 at 08:09 am
Bob: I think this is a fair article that takes in both of our POV's:Read More http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/business/21admin.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
John f caruso February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am
Does this mean that if any kid feels like he is bullied he can get suspended and we pay them to goRead More to school even at home. Does this that the total of kids say 100 in a district the school get the monies for their education but if the kids drop out of this also who gets the monies. Sounds like unfounded and back door tax payers tax on the monies. Sounds like say a school in boston that is mismanaged by management could reap profits when and if the students rebel and don't go to school. This sounds great but seems just another way to tax the taxpayer after all the poor people do not have the monies to tax so it is another middle class sham.